The US Department of Defence (DoD) has awarded an indefinite-delivery / indefinite-quantity, multiple award contract, worth $8bn, to 12 companies for the electromagnetic manoeuvre warfare command and control (EMC2) programme.
The companies involved in the contract are Lockheed Martin, ArgonST, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, EOIR Technologies, SI2 Technologies, S2 Corp, Sea Corp, Leidos, Rockwell Collins, Physical Optics, and TiCom Geomanics.
The EMC2 programme is designed to identify the study, design, fabrication, integration, and test and evaluation tasks expected for the development of a set of prototypes and their component subsystems, which consolidate radio frequency functionality electronic warfare, radar, communications and information operations into a common set of electronics and software / firmware through a modular and scalable architecture.
The architecture will be able to integrate across a range of platforms and open at the radio frequency, electronics and software / firmware levels.
The prototypes will be able to generate multiple, simultaneous, independent beams, which can together perform any of the above functions.
Additionally, the open RF systems can be combined with previously developed integrated topside or other RF systems, and with combat and command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems.
The systems will enable resource allocation, real time spectrum operations, emissions control, and electromagnetic manoeuvre to fortify the navy’s ability to achieve information dominance.
The contracts are said to run until 2021. The 12 contractors are expected to compete for task orders subject to the terms and conditions of the awarded contract, and the Office of Naval Research will monitor the contracting activity.